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Ravens 2019 draft: Ravens select OLB Jaylon Ferguson at 85

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After a brutal wait time reaching near three hours long, the Baltimore Ravens have made their first of two picks in the third round. With the 85th overall pick, the team has selected OLB Jaylon Ferguson.

With the loss of Terrell Suggs, who better to draft than the man who broke Suggs’ NCAA D1 sack record? To end his career with Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl, he surpassed Suggs’ record of 42.5 sacks and finished with 45.

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Extremely productive edge defender with an NFL-caliber frame that continues to take shape. Ferguson plays with good toughness at the point of attack and became a much more disruptive run defender as the season progressed. He appears to have average athletic traits but benefits from an instinctive pass-rush approach. His pro day was somewhat disappointing and he’ll need to maintain better lean muscle mass. He’ll likely be targeted as an even-front defensive end with potential to become a good NFL starter. — Lance Zierlein


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